Eyes are the windows to the soul.There are women with small eyes and are not blessed with big eyes.It will be a problem when you chose to emphasize. A suitable eye make up can overcome the problem by emphasizing those small eyes.
Applying makeup to small eyes can be a challenge. Too much eye makeup can make small eyes appear even smaller while too little can cause them to appear insignificant. Its important to strike a happy medium and choose colors that will open up and accent small eyes. Here are some small eye makeup tips that can help give your eyes that extra pop.

1.Mascara Trick:-Apply mascara to the lower lashes with downward strokes twisting the brush back and forth slightly to separate the lashes. Applying in this way you can draw attention to your eyes making them to be emphasizing. The more they emphasize the more is highlighting your eye make up and your eyes.Another easy way to make your small eyes look larger is to use this mascara trick. When you are applying mascara apply the first coat to your entire set of eye lashes.Then add a second and third coat to the outside lashes. Make sure that you coat both the upper and lower lashes in the outside corner of your eye. Leaving the inside section of your lower eye lashes without mascara.

2.Eye Liner Trick :-Eyeliner is used to create the eye make up more prominent.Using eyeliner is the best way to produce bigger bolder and more significant eyes. Eye make up can help overcome the problem of your small eyes but when used correctly.
In addition to using your eye liner to open up your eye you can also use it to extend your lash line to create the illusion that your eye is larger. To create this effect properly you will want to follow the lash line from the inside of your upper lid to nearly the end of the outer corner of your eye. However before you reach the outside edge of your eye create a curve upward. This trick will not only help to create a longer eye shape but it will also help you to create the illusion of a thicker lash line.

3.Eye Shadow Highlights:-Eye shadow can be used to create a lot of different effects and looks. One of the effects that you can use it to create is the illusion that you have larger eyes. To create this effect you will want to use an off-white shadow to shade the inner section of your eye lid and then use a pure white highlighter to brighten the inner most part of the lid even more.
The next to concentrate on eye make up is eye shadow. Take care when applying even it is a commonly detained faith impressive eye shadow doesnt highlight your eyes. In fact it will make just the opposite.Applying dramatic eye shadow in excess will lead to shrivel your eyes by focusing them back into your face. So apply eye shadow a little to look simple when you have small eyes.

4.Shape of Eyebrow:-In your eye make up finally concentrate on the shape of your eyebrows. Having brows too close together or heavy can make your eyes look smaller. To overcome this tweeze your eyebrows more than normally. Better if you can bring your eyebrows about an eye length apart.

Having small eyes are not at all a problem if you concentrate your efforts on those small eyes to look great. Enlarging your eyes will become easy with perfection in your eye make up techniques and taking care of the skin near your eyes.

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Mineral makeup is good for your skin and can be quite fun to apply. Most first time users think its difficult and messy. Nothing can be further from the truth. Once you learn easy mineral makeup tips, it should take you no more than five minutes to apply your mineral makeup with fantastic results.

1. Let it dry :-
Give yourself a minute to allow your moisturizer to dry before applying your mineral powder.

2. Swirl, tap, buff to beautiful coverage :-
1. Swirl :-Tap some of the powder in the jar lid and swirl your brush into the minerals. Go around the lid three times with the Buki brush to pick up the product on the brush.
2. Tap :-Tap your Buki brush two times to release excess powder.
3. Buff :- Brush onto your face using a light buffing effect. Start with a thin layer and add layers as needed. Remember to brush in a downward direction on the sides of the face to avoid fluffing up the small hairs on the cheeks.

3. Use the right tools of the trade :-
As with most things, using the right tools can make a world of difference in your end result. When applying mineral makeup, its worth investing in a good buki brush. A buki brush is a soft dome shaped brush that is especially effective at applying mineral powder and buffing the product onto the skin. It is designed specifically to apply the product evenly around the nose, mouth and eyes.

4. Find your perfect match :-
1. Mineral powders are by nature light-reflecting. Expect to use a shade or two darker than your liquid foundation.
2. If your foundation looks powdery after youve applied it, wait five or ten minutes and check again. The minerals meld with the oils of the skin and look natural in a short time. If they continue to look powdery your shade is too light–consider switching to the next darker shade.

5. Less is More :-
Mineral powders are extremely concentrated. This product is designed to be applied in layers. Start with one light layer and see if the coverage is what you want, if not apply additional layers till you reach the glow that simply cant be duplicated by other types of makeup.

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Foundation can actually prevent oily-looking skin. In addition to hiding skin imperfections such as scars, freckles and acne, it can also give you an even tone while concealing the flaws.

- Choose a foundation that suits your skin type. Remember, dont compromise your own result just because someone else looks good in a particular brand of foundation.

- A full-coverage matte foundation is best for oily skin since it will last longer than those with light or medium coverage.

- Foundations for oily skin should be applied using a makeup sponge. Using your fingers transfers more oil to the face.

- To avoid patches, apply a thin layer of foundation only. People with oily skin will experience a “caking” finish if a thick layer was applied.

- For a more natural look, the best foundation for oily skin is always a shade lighter than your skin tone, because the skins oil will make the foundation darker, as I have mentioned earlier.

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The application of makeup should be an extension of a womans personal style. There is no conceivable way any woman can decide on a style of makeup without considering what clothing she is wearing, shoes, bag and for what occasion.

1. Select a neutral color like clear or wear a lip gloss that matches, complements or contrast with clothing

2. Match the lip gloss to a lip liner that is the color of your clothing red dress, red lip gloss. Pink dress, pink lip gloss

3. Apply the lip liner first, corner to center, for the upper and lower lip then apply the lip gloss the same way.

4. Lip gloss goes on after the lip stick and lip liner application.

5. Do not over use the lip gloss, apply a little at a time to the upper and lower lips

6. Lip gloss and lip liner alone make a great fashion statement especially when a woman has good skin.

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A purse is far more than a simple accessory. It is a practical carrying case, a way to express your sense of style, something to play with during awkward moments, and even a weapon in times of trouble. In fact, if I were going to write a post called How To Choose The Perfect Man, it would probably be half this long because that subject is not nearly as important. The thing about a purse is that you carry it every day, so it has to be comfortable, versatile, aesthetically pleasing, and good quality enough to endure rough commutes, chronic overstuffing, and harrowing public bathroom trips. Shopping for the right handbag can be a daunting task. Here are the most important variable to consider when youre in the market for a new purse…

1. Handles :- I was just talking to my mom about how the wrong handles are probably the biggest purse dealbreaker. Have you ever bought a shoulder bag that kept slipping off your shoulder? Or a purse with small handles only to realize you hate having your hands full? Or a cross-body bag with a skinny strap that dug into your boobs? Figure out your personal purse strap preference, and dont stray too far from your comfort zone [literally–whats the most comfortable for you?]. We carry our purses with us every day: how we carry them matters.

2. Size :- Think of a purse like a garage: you need enough room to park your wallet and store important supplies, but if its too big youll end up filling the whole thing with crap you dont need and youll never be able to find anything. When youre shopping for a new purse, examine the contents of your current handbag to figure out what your necessities are. For me, I need room for my wallet, keys, cellphone, sunglasses, 8 packs of gum, chapstick, a notebook, and 300,000 bobby pins. Those are my non-negotiables. What are yours? And how much space do they need? Be realistic–that teeny tiny clutch might be cute but if it only has room for a tube of lipstick and a couple of barbie shoes, it wont do you much good as an everyday bag. Larger bags can be great but personally, I have a tendency to fill whatever bag I have to capacity. When my bag is the size of a dump truck, this can pose a problem.

3. Color :- The most important factor here is versatility, but that doesnt mean you are required to choose conservative tan purses all the time. Think about what you want your purse to add to your daily outfits. Do you want it to blend in? Do you want it to be the focal point? Or somewhere in between? A bright orange purse, for example, can be a totally versatile choice if you want an eye-catching accessory and wear clothing that complements it.

4. Safe color bets :- Black, gray, most shades of brown.
Unexpectedly versatile options: red, burgundy, forest green, dark blue.

5. Quality :- Leather purses are usually the best quality and longest lasting, but you can find solid bags made of many different fabrics. Look at the stitching, how sturdy the seams are, if the handles seem strong or flimsy. Look for little details like tiny metal feet on the bottom that let you set your bag down without getting it dirty, a nice lining, reinforced handles, or strong zippers. Keep in mind that it can be worth paying a bit more for a good quality purse from a brand that you trust.

6. Structure :- Never buy a purse that doesnt have at least a couple smaller pockets to organize your things. Trying to locate your keys at the bottom of a dark, cavernous handbag is as hopeless an endeavor as Rose locating Jack at the bottom of the Atlantic [too soon?]. Other factors to consider: does the bag stay upright when you set it on the ground or does it crumple or fall over? Does the top close with a zipper or a clasp or not at all? [If you travel a lot you will need a purse that closes for security reasons.] Are there too many pockets, pouches, and doodads? Is the main storage space easy to access?

7. Cost :- Heres the deal. If you have a little extra money to spend on a good quality purse that you love, you will not regret it. You carry it every single day, so if you divide the price of the purse by the number of times you use it, pretty soon that purse is cutting you a check.

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Tips To Take Wedding Photography :---

In years gone by, most people only got married once in their lifetime, so it was a very important event that needed to be photographed as a keepsake and a way to share the memories of the special day.

Most people attend several weddings in their lifetime, but these days you might even participate in a few of them.

Weddings are always photographed, either by hired professionals, friends or relatives. However, there are several styles in which you can shoot a wedding. You can cover them in an illustrative, photojournalistic, creative or impressionistic manner.

However, you should decide which type of wedding photos you prefer well ahead of time and let the photographers know. You may also want to have them try a few shots as samples before the event, so youre all on the same page.

If youre taking photos at somebody elses wedding, make sure you know the photography etiquette for it as the procedures for photographers often vary from wedding to wedding.

For instance, you may or may not be able to use flash. Make sure you are in a position to get a good view of the proceedings and dont forget to take the proper equipment and backup. You dont want your battery to drop dead just as the bride and groom are about to kiss.

Its also a good idea to attend the wedding rehearsal so you know the best times to take shots during the wedding. Remember, a wedding is a large social event, and its a great time to take photos of other family members and friends as well as the happy couple.
Choose clothes that accentuate the positive aspects of your voluptuous body while camouflaging the things you dont like to dress well when overweight. Clothes that are too big for your body look frumpy and disheveled, and clothes that are too small for your body make you look bigger than you are. Heres how to find the perfect clothing for your body.

1.Start with a well-fitting bra. Think of undergarments as a foundation to dressing well. Choose bras with wider straps so they dont cut into your shoulders and full cup coverage so your bra will move with your body.

2.Find the right pants that fit your waist, hips and thighs properly without cutting off your circulation or being so baggy that you cant even tell where your waist, hips and thighs are. Visit Kiyonna.com [See Additional Resources] to find premium denim jeans made specifically for curvaceous women.

3.Get the shirt fit right. Make sure buttons dont strain or pull and the length of the shirt hits at just below the hips. Buttons that pull means the shirt is too small and a shirt that hits at the or below the hips gives the illusion of an elongated, smaller torso.

4.Choose a structured jacket made from heavy cotton, denim, corduroy or wool that is wider at the top, fitted at the waist, flare a bit at the bottom and end just below the hem have a slimming effect. Choose a jacket with details such as darting or seams on the waist. Detailing will make the waist look narrower.

5.Pay attention to the cut of your pants. You want to balance your body through clothing to dress well when overweight. So, when choosing pants, go for a classic or wide-leg cut for trousers and a straight- or boot-leg cut for jeans.

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There are many different types of models, but many of the top and most popular models today made their mark on the runway. Most supermodels like Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Petra Nemcova and many others have in one way or another graced the runways of Milan, New York, Madrid, Paris and other major cities during fashion shows. The runway, so to speak, is where their careers actually took off, modeling creations by some of the worlds most famous fashion designers.

But runway modeling is not a walk in the park. There are a number of things that a person must keep in mind whenever he or she takes to the runway, because small things as to how your posture is or how you move your arms can spell the difference between success and failure in the highly competitive world of runway modeling.

Your shoulders, for instance, should not move while youre walking. As much as possible, keep them still. Then theres your arms. While all a male model has to do is just swing his arms naturally, a woman would do well to focus on keeping her upper arms close to her body so that her arms will swing more from the elbows down.

When walking, a female runway model must take longer strides, and walk with one foot in front of the other because this gives your hips a natural swinging motion. Men, meanwhile, just have to walk normally, only with longer strides.

Now being on the runway means that there are countless pairs of eyes set on you. This is nerve-wracking for many, but most models deal with it by focusing their eyes straight ahead of them, giving them that staring-off-into-the-distance look. Just remember not to stare into the glare of all the lights that will surely be on you, or you might just be blinded enough to step right off the runways ledge.

Models must be oozing with confidence, but a hunching model looks anything but a supremely confident person, so it is important that a model should always stand straight up, on and off the runway.

These tips may prove to be useful, but nothing could be more useful than seeing the pros in action and trying to pick up something about the way they move on the runway. Taping a fashion show is a mighty good idea, because it gives you a chance to watch your favorite supermodels do their thing on the runway over and over again. Who knows, you just might pick up a thing or two that could make you the next Kate Moss or Gisele Bundchen.

Photography is a conglomeration of several things--camera, equipment, lighting, subject, and, if using a person, posing. You can learn different posing techniques when shooting portraits, action, or headshots in several ways.

# Trial and Error --:
One of the best posing techniques is simple trial and error. By using a digital camera, you can take as many photographs as you need to to learn what works and what doesnt when photographing people. Since photo subjects often look to their photographer for positions and poses, it is important to be able to see in your photos what works best.

# Study Other Photographers --:
Study the work of other photographers. Find out who does it best when it comes to what you want to do. If you want to take family portraits, you need to study the various poses for a family of three, four, or more family members. Look at the works of family portrait photographers and professional wedding photographers who take the family photos that can contain up to 30 or more people in one large photograph. By looking at what others do, you will get a basic idea that you can add to and adapt into your own style.

# Learn About Composition --:
By knowing about photography and the intricacies of what makes up a great photo, you will be able to better understand what poses are best for what types of photos. Understanding the effects of lighting, background and shutter speed will help you decide what you need to do in order to achieve the look you seek.

# Tips and Techniques --:
The idea to posing and positioning your subject is to give her a look for what you intend to get out of the photo. What do you want your viewers to see? Never allow subjects to just stand there: instead, have them lean against a car or sit on a bench. Give the subject something to do and you can find many poses from that single action.

Maintaining healthy natural nails is not as complicated as many may think. As with hair, nails are usually their healthiest in their natural state, requiring a bit of nail polish for protection and regular applications of hand cream as a moisturizer.

Below are some useful nail care tips:

1. Never clip nails to shorten them. Use an emery board to file nails down to size.

2. Apply a top coat almost daily to help protect the tips.

3. Use nail polish remover as infrequently as possible - especially those containing acetone. Most nail polish removers will dry nails out. Many specialists suggest using nail polish remover no more than once a week.

4. Apply a hand cream or lotion after washing hands since soaps tend to cause nails and skin to become very dry. Cuticles should remain moisturized with Vaseline or a moisturizer such as Moisturel or Aquaphor. [Tip: Apply moisturizer before going to sleep each night.]

5. Never peel or scrape off nail polish or use metal instruments on the nail surface to push back the cuticles. This can scrape off the protective cells of the nail surface.

6. Break the habit of nail biting - it is very destructive to both the nail and the cuticle and can lead to infections that can actually deform the nail.

7. An excellent time to do your manicure is after a shower, bath or the dishes. These activities will remove dirt from under the nails as well as soften dry nails.

8. The cuticle protects the nail root from bacteria. Instead of cutting the cuticle, push it back gently with a rosewood stick or rubber-tipped cuticle-pusher. However, should the cuticle be hard and dry and sticking up, slightly trimming it is justifiable, but never remove the whole thing. Strong cuticle growth can be controlled with a cuticle softener or cuticle remover liquid.

9. Keep your nails out of your mouth! Biting nails can damage the nail and the cuticle leading to a deformed nail shape or uneven nail growth. You can also transfer harmful organisms to the nail that lead to infection or even increase ones chance of catching a cold or flu.

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Getting a couple of gorgeous eyebrows is one of the most functional makeup tricks on the planet. The eyebrows make a significant impression. These eyebrows outline the eye and give the face a graceful look. It is well worth making the endeavor to get the eyebrows looking right.

Natural eyebrows :-
1. Comb through your eyebrows with a brush to flick away any powder or foundation.
2. Comb the hairs upward and outwards giving you a wide-eyed look.
3. Then slightly slick them with clear gel to hold the shape in place.

Spotty Or Sparse Brows :-
1. Use an angled eye shadow brush to squash a bit of eye shade to the brow
2. Follow the direction of the eyebrow and enlarge the brushed-on shadow to the rim of the eye.

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The eyes are the part of the face we notice first. This is why its important to make sure that your eyes look their best when attending to your makeup and care routine. Following are some great beauty tips for your eyes, no matter who you are.

1. Healthy eyes are beautiful eyes. If your eyes are swollen, red, or otherwise unhealthy, no amount of makeup is going to disguise this fact. If you wear contact lenses, make sure that you attend to all the care instructions for them. Also, protect your eyes by using cosmetics with sunscreen included.

2. When putting on eye makeup, make sure it goes with the rest of your look. Too many women forget that while the eyes are important, they must be in harmony with the rest of the face. Choose eye makeup that goes with what youre wearing, and with the look you choose on the rest of your face. Dont let your features go to war with each other to be the most prominent – youll have to choose whether you want the focus to be on your lips or eyes, for instance. Overdoing it can just look garish.

3. Lay a good base. A layer of foundation on your eyelids will help smooth out imperfections and help your eye shadow and liner look their best.

4. Choose a color theme. This doesnt meant that you have to use a monochrome scheme for your eye makeup, but it does mean that its a good idea to keep an idea of color harmony in mind as you apply your makeup. The colors that will work best for you depend on your skin tone.

5. Pay attention to your eye shape. What works on one person wont necessarily look good on another. Figuring out what shape and set your eyes are can go a long way to helping you get the right look.

6. Select quality cosmetics. It really matters whether or not your makeup is high quality. Dont let your tools work against you just because you can get a cheaper brand. Youll never achieve the same looks you can with a better brand.

7. Use specialized cleansers to remove your makeup. Soap and water are harsh and can irritate the eyes. Specially formulated eye cleansers are gentle, but made to remove old cosmetics.

8. Use darker, more heavily made up looks at night. Daytime requires a more natural look. Apply mascara on the tips of the lashes only, and save the liquid liner for evenings. Harsh makeup in daylight can look overdone or silly.

9. Soften over-prominent eyes. Just because the eyes are the first thing we pay attention to doesnt meant that they must be the focus of every look. If you feel that your eyes are too prominent, apply medium shadow and dont use highlights. This will make them appear deeper-set.

10. Keep up to date on the latest looks. If youve been doing your eyes the same way for years, you can look dated without knowing it. Pay attention to what other people are wearing as well as the latest makeup styles, and form a look thats your own.

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Mata adalah sebahagian daripada muka kita perhatikan pertama sekali . Ini adalah mengapa penting untuk memastikan bahawa mata anda kelihatan terbaik mereka apabila menghadiri solek anda dan rutin penjagaan. Berikut adalah beberapa tip kecantikan hebat untuk mata anda, tidak kira siapa anda.

1. Mata yang sihat adalah mata yang indah. Jika mata anda bengkak, merah, atau sebaliknya yang tidak sihat, tiada amaun solek akan menyembunyikan fakta ini. Jika anda memakai kanta lekap, pastikan yang anda hadir kepada semua arahan untuk penjagaan mereka. Juga, melindungi mata anda dengan menggunakan kosmetik dengan pelindung matahari termasuk.

2. Apabila memakai mekap mata, pastikan ia pergi dengan yang lain melihat anda. Terlalu ramai wanita lupa bahawa manakala mata adalah penting, mereka mesti berada dalam harmoni dengan seluruh muka. Pilih mekap mata yang juga dengan apa yang youre memakai, dan dengan wajah anda memilih seluruh muka anda. Jangan biarkan ciri - anda pergi ke perang dengan satu sama lain untuk menjadi â paling menonjol € "youll perlu memilih sama ada anda mahu tumpuan pada bibir atau mata anda, misalnya. Overdoing ia hanya boleh melihat terlalu banyak hiasan.

3. Meletakkan asas yang baik. Lapisan asas pada kelopak mata anda akan membantu licin daripada ketidaksempurnaan dan membantu bayangan mata anda dan pelapik kelihatan sebaik mungkin.

4. Pilih tema warna. Ini tidak bermaksud bahawa anda perlu menggunakan skim monokrom untuk mekap mata anda, tetapi ia tidak bermakna bahawa idea yang baik untuk menyimpan idea keharmonian warna dalam fikiran anda memohon solek anda. Warna-warna yang akan berusaha yang terbaik untuk anda bergantung kepada nada kulit anda.

5. Memberi perhatian kepada bentuk mata anda. Apa yang bekerja pada satu orang semestinya wont kelihatan baik yang lain. Memikirkan apa yang membentuk dan menetapkan mata anda boleh pergi jauh untuk membantu anda mendapatkan pandangan yang betul.

6. Pilih kosmetik kualiti. Ia benar-benar perkara sama ada atau tidak solek anda adalah berkualiti tinggi. Jangan biarkan alat anda berfungsi terhadap anda hanya kerana anda boleh mendapatkan satu jenama yang lebih murah. , Youll tidak mencapai penampilan yang sama anda boleh dengan jenama yang lebih baik.

7. Gunakan bahan pencuci yang khusus untuk membuang solek anda. Sabun dan air adalah keras dan boleh merengsa mata. Pencuci mata yang dirumus khas adalah lembut, tetapi dibuat untuk mengeluarkan kosmetik lama.

8. Menggunakan gelap, lebih banyak terdiri kelihatan pada waktu malam. Siang hari memerlukan paparan yang lebih semula jadi. Memohon maskara pada hujung sebatan sahaja, dan simpan liner cecair untuk malam. Solek keras di siang hari boleh melihat yg dilebih-lebihkan atau bodoh.

9. Melembutkan mata lebih menonjol. Hanya kerana mata adalah perkara pertama yang kita memberi perhatian kepada tidak bermakna bahawa mereka mesti menjadi fokus melihat setiap. Jika anda merasa bahawa mata anda terlalu menonjol, memohon bayang-bayang yang sederhana dan tidak menggunakan sorotan. Ini akan menjadikan mereka kelihatan lebih dalam set.

10. Menyimpan sehingga tarikh pada penampilan terbaru. Jika youve telah melakukan mata anda dengan cara yang sama selama bertahun-tahun, anda boleh melihat bertarikh tanpa mengetahui ia. Beri perhatian kepada apa yang orang lain memakai serta gaya solek terkini, dan membentuk rupa thats anda sendiri.

• Artistic Sensibility – Thinking that fashion photography is nothing more than taking pictures of models and clothing would be too simplistic a view. Fashion photographers set and capture a mood. This takes creativity and innovation. Attention to artistic detail is a key for any aspiring fashion photographer.

• Technical Skill – From traditional development methods to digital editing, technology plays an increasingly important role in this field. Fashion photographers who have the necessary computer skills can use digital photography technology to edit their work and create special effects.

• Organizational Ability – Since many fashion photographers freelance, those who are self-starters should do well in this field. The ability to stay organized and focused will help when establishing a credible reputation in the industry.

• Teamwork – The ability to work well with others is beneficial in fashion photography, as in any field. You will need to be able to communicate with your customers and deliver the product they want. You will also need to be able to work with a variety of people from models to stylists to complete your work.

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Using a specific theme in a fashion photography project opens up an unlimited range of creative possibilities. This depends specifically on the scope of creativity inside the photographer's mind. The depth of expression is further enhanced by a specific theme conceived by the one staring through the camera. A carefully chosen theme can evoke emotion, produce intense visual texture and inspire with colors that refresh the eye and lift the human spirit. A fashion photo session needs an interesting theme to draw the eye into the subject to effectively sell an idea, design, and a potential new style. Since many themes may be created inside the individual photographer's mind, reviewing all of the differences would be next to impossible. Three themes, often seen between the pages of magazines and in popular advertising, have been chosen as examples to help clarify their importance in a fashion photography project.

Theme 1 - Motion
Since the early 1900's and the invention of the automobile and the airplane, fashion and media has had a love affair with acceleration and movement. Motion themed advertisements have been a popular staple since the early days of marketing and continue their popularity even today. Capturing the human form in motion, whether alone or in combination with a vehicle is an effective theme with many possibilities. Letting your subject move freely as random actions or positions are captured can exhibit dramatic results. It also allows you to frame a moment in time creating an interesting texture through partially blurred imagery, multiple focus, and unpredictable tones. Choosing this theme will demand a detailed understanding and command of the camera, speeds and control. If thought through carefully, a Motion themed shoot could be the best way to show a photographer's skill and creativity.

Theme 2 - Music
Music and Fashion have always affected one another. Since the birth of television, the styles and clothing choices of popular musicians have set trends and made history. It is difficult to see which art form influences each other most. Guitars and other instruments have often been used to enhance fashion photography to amplify the attraction of a generation. For example, using a nightclub backdrop can prove to have endless possibilities. Posing models playing guitars, working turntables, or simply wearing headphones while moving smoothly to music can be incredibly effective. With the right models and the most current imagery and props, this theme can help the finished product shimmer.

Theme 3 - Nature
The final theme example, Nature, can expose the photographer to a wide spectrum of color, light and texture. Depending on the location or choice of backdrop, the model can interact with rock, earth and vegetation which exhibit multiple levels of texture. Use of wind, water and light can also be used to express the powers of weather and temperature against the subject. Since this theme is based on pure beauty, a large investment of creativity could produce some of your most memorable photographs.

With some experimentation and creative ingenuity, a good fashion photographer can turn any good theme into a memorable piece of art.

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• Some top tips for photographing fashion shows from the photographer’s pit:

- Make sure you get the settings right before you start snapping. It’ll be dark in the pit, and you’ll have little or no time to think about changing your settings. The last thing you’ll need is to be fiddling with buttons and miss a load of vital shots.

- Be prepared for overcrowding, but don’t be afraid to hold your own. Make sure you get to the photographer’s area early so you’ll be able to mark out your spot and ideally choose the optimum location.

- Aim for the centre of the pit as you’ll be able to get better eye contact with the models.

- Don’t be intimidated. Finding yourself in the packed press pit can be daunting, but you’ll forget all that once the show starts, the time will fly by and you’ll find it exciting.

- Make the most of your time in the pit – don’t assume you’ll have all the time in the world. 20 minutes might seem like a long time, but it really isn’t. Make every shot count.

- Look for celebrities and important fashion bods on the front row – many news outlets will want to see shots of celebs enjoying themselves (or better yet, looking grumpy).

- Try to get a different shot – it might sound obvious, but trying to get a different shot to the other photographers sat just inches away from you is the real challenge for fashion photographers. Look out for details, mishaps on the catwalk and unusual behaviour (such as models smiling!).

- Get the models to look at you – eye contact shots are real winners, so if you can’t get to the centre of the pit, try shouting to grab their attention. You might feel self conscious at first, but everyone will be doing it, and sometimes, it works.

- Think in black and white – if bright colours are lacking, don’t be afraid to convert your images to black and white. Big, blocky prints work better for black and white than fine intricate details, but converting can save an otherwise dull shot.

- If you’ve got time (or an extra body) don’t be afraid to use a wide angle lens to set the scene and get some great context shots.

• What settings should I use for shooting a fashion show?

- Take a white balance reading inside the venue to ensure there are no unusual colour casts.

- Use a wide enough aperture (around f/4) to keep the model sharp and throw the rest the scene out of focus (but make sure the clothes are still sharp!)

- Use a fast shutter speed and continuous high drive mode

- Shoot in RAW for the best results that will allow you tweak settings later on

- If it’s dark you may need to up the ISO, but keep it as low as possible to avoid grainy shots.

- Aim for a variety of different types of shot, single shots, models passing each other, all the models at the end of the show, models posing at the end of the catwalk and models walking.

The fashion industry offers jobs in various areas. One area is the position of a fashion photographer. This is a great way to be involved in the artistic side of fashion and to make designer clothing into your own pieces of photographic art.

1. Know the fashion industry. To get involved in fashion photography the first thing you must do is have extensive knowledge of the industry. In order to be hired you must know trends designers and models.

2. Be social. Fashion photographers have to work with all kinds of people including the fashion designers as well as the models. Interact with these people.

3.Build up your photography resume. Fashion photography is a hard business to crack into because of the importance of a quality picture. Practice your photography on other things and book other jobs until you have a portfolio worthy of getting a fashion job.

4.Have a good sense of marketing. Being in the fashion industry especially as a photographer requires you to sell an image. You have to have the marketing savvy to get your pictures published.

5.Be flexible. The best way to get into the fashion photography business is by having a lot of experience which means taking any job offered to you. Even if it isnt your dream job be flexible and willing to work with anyone to show how interested you are. 

6.Give good directions. As the photographer of the fashion shoot you must call the shots. This means you have to know where you want the lighting to be how you want the make-up done and how the models should pose. As the photographer you must be assertive.

So, after a few courses in photography and art, you've decided to become a fashion and glamour photographer. You've been renting the DSLR cameras from your school and even took classes to learn how to develop film, even though no one uses this process anymore. Getting into the fashion business is a serious goal, however. You need an eye for detail and a creative mind; you need to visualize a story you want to tell with your photographs before you start clicking the shutter.

1.The Camera

You will need a camera that can respond to your commands, not just automatically adjust to ambient conditions. A digital SLR (DSLR) is the type of camera to begin your fashion career. Probably the most often used professional cameras are Nikon, Mamiya and Canon, but other professionals have used Vivitar and Pentax.

2.Lenses and Accessories

With the camera, you will need a lens hood, lens filters and a few extra-high-capacity memory cards. Chief among these items being lenses. A well prepared photographer has more than one camera for the shoot and a variety of lenses for different types of shots and effects.Start with a standard 24-to-120mm zoom lens, the one that usually comes with your camera, if you buy a kit. Then there are zoom, telephoto and wide-angle lenses, all offering different options for different effects; macro zoom for extreme closeups, wide angle for a panoramic view.


You may want to get some mounted flash units as well. Most common come with "hot shoe" connections, which means there are no wires to be concerned with. Attach the lights, turn on the power--and they sync automatically with your camera's shutter.You can get lighting that mounts to your macro lenses that can direct light more precisely to or away from your aperture target. It's ideal for closeups, especially for faces as it can eliminate or create shadows.Many fashion and glamor photographers will have a collection of camera-mounted flash units to utilize the different effects and strengths each individual unit brings to a shoot. They may only use two, or even just one, but it feels good to know there are options in the bag should you get an inspiration.

All the major camera companies make professional flash units: Nikon, Canon, Vivitar, Kodak and even Sony. The challenge for a beginning photographer is to find one or two that will fit your budget and get the job done.But that's not all the lighting a photographer needs. For good studio work, the fashion photographer needs studio lights and umbrella strobes, at least two of each, controlled by your shutter, which is why a professional photographer's camera has the accessories connectors, some of which are wireless.The professional's camera needs an accessories connection to sync up lighting not connected directly to the camera; definitely a must in fashion photography.

4.Other Accessories

For studio work, backdrops are often needed. Cloth is the usual material used as one can make do with clean sheets in a variety of colors, but one might also purchase metallic backdrops as well for different effects. Well-established, successful studios hire artists to create settings in much the same way movie producers create scenes on soundstages, but most photographers will just take their show on location. Natural scenery and light is best; a photographer can always adjust lighting with the camera's aperture and of course additional lighting.Which brings up a piece of equipment that can be overlooked: a power source for your gear. Most people opt for rechargeable battery units because they are silent. A generator can provide power, but they're usually noisy and distracting.

5.Get a Laptop

Because everything in photography is digital these days, a powerful laptop computer is needed. Either Macintosh or Windows operating systems, but it must have the capability to hold and manipulate thousands of photos. A laptop is recommended because it can go anywhere you and your camera go; that's not just convenience, it is essential for the fashion photographer. Many, if not most, shoots will occur outside the studio.Some cameras offer software that links the camera with a computer so the photographs are easily transferred from camera to hard drive, making it easy for the photographer and models to see their work immediately.The most common photography software is the venerable Photoshop, a name that has been at the forefront of digital photography for nearly 20 years. There are other programs out there as well, made by camera companies specifically for their equipment and not nearly is pricey as Photoshop. Some will even work with different brands of cameras as well.

6.The Cost

The problem a photographer faces when starting out in the business is cost. Buying everything mentioned so far will run, easily, to $12,000 or more. The camera and lenses alone nearly $5,000, and, if you buy a Macintosh Airbook, that's at least $3,000.Which is why photographers will stick with one brand of camera. All Nikon lenses and filters will work on any Nikon camera, for example. Same with the other companies as well. Some equipment will work with a variety of brands, so you need to shop around if you use different brands of cameras.

Serious work in fashion photography might require an even more expensive camera and accessories: the medium format single-reflex camera. Not often used now, it was, until the digital age, the best format for fashion photography. Those cameras, lenses and accessories can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, if you get the digital camera backs to replace the actual film. The most trusted names for medium format photography are Hasselblad and Mamiya. Both are still used by professional photographers.The good news for the aspiring photographer is that all of this equipment can be rented. There are companies throughout the United States that will rent any and all photography equipment so you don't need to have $12,000 in equipment to get started. As the business grows, you can purchase more equipment as needed.

Fashion photography, as with any profession in the arts, is a tough business; you need to not only look your best but professional as well. Serious professional equipment says a lot about a person's commitment to their job and career. You only get one shot at success when you get the big break. Everything has to be perfect.

We can get a glimpse of fashion photography almost everywhere we look on TV, newspapers, internet and all media. Dazzling women with long legs and tanned skin scream for attention on news stands all over the place. It is the fashion photographer who is primarily responsible to bring those photographers to us, the everyday people. Unlike what one often imagines, there is more to fashion photography than a glitzy life style, fun and happening models. In fact there is a lot of planning involved behind every single fashion photograph that we see.

A name such as Mario Testino has become iconic in the realm of fashion photography. Did you know that photographers like him are just as sought after as the models that they photograph? At times the photographer is an even bigger celebrity than the model.

This profession may seem dream like to the young and enthusiastic photographer but it is not all about fun and glitz. It is not just about meeting the rich and the famous, the fat checks and the feeling of rock that goes with fashion photography. Did you know, for every one photographer that is successful, there are hundreds who are left looking for shoots for many years? Many give up after a few years while some do go on to become successful later on in life.

If you want to become a fashion photographer -

1. Learn the art well

There is no end to learning. Here is where many a youngster goes astray. they are so bothered about the style and the glamour associated with the fashion photographer, they concentrate more on looking right than shooting right. Know your photography so well that it comes naturally to you. Get books on the subject and read them to expand your knowledge of the subject.

2. Equipment

Next to the right knowledge comes the right equipment. Here is a hard truth - you cannot be a good fashion photographer unless you can afford expensive equipment. Cameras are not cheap, and you have new ones coming out every season. If you cannot afford to start off with a good camera and lighting system, your knowledge would go to waste.

3. The portfolio

The portfolio of a photographer is what finally lands the job. Make sure you have an impressive folio with your best work carefully selected. Choose the best 4 by 5 slide images you have. Some prefer to make prints. It is suggested - if you are discussing something with a photography pro, carry the slides. If it is a designer you are meeting the prints may be a better idea and more convenient for everyone.

4. Personality

Any editor is looking for original talent, so make sure you have a strong individual point of view. It is ok to be affected by another professional’s point of view, as long as you add or remove from it to make it unique and different. You need an identity!

We’ll be shooting an episode covering fashion photography, a fascinating world, and one quite different than those we’ve covered to date.

RC Rivera has an intriguing portfolio and sent me a sample of his work with note about his lighting:

“When I was starting out I thought the more complex the lighting, the better the shot. Now I think that getting a great photo using the most simple setup is actually more difficult but also more rewarding. This model was shot in my studio with using just one soft box. Shooting from just below eye level is great for beauty shots, but too low can be very unflattering. Katherine was a great sport—my studio was unheated and it was in the middle of the winter. You can tell she’s a professional because she doesn’t even look chilly.”We’ll be picking his brains, how he approaches a shoot, other lighting tips, etc.
The current development of photography had allowed everybody to be able to capture an ideal moments of their lives in a fantastic way. The massive improvement in shutter speed and photo resolution also allow make it convenient for both beginners and professional photographer enthusiasts to consider to take stunningly good pictures. Additionally, photo editing is now able to produce a more creative and artistic photos in a snap.

Photography has additionally been an enormous plus for a lot of offline and online companies. A regular image can be sold by a digital photographer and the company can easily buy the image. These stocks are offered on different prices, with respect to the license. But being a digital file, they can also be modified, altered and edited using sophisticated editing software.

Today, photography is raising the fashion industry because of that nature. Digital fashion photography is not the same as doing television footages and capturing on films which for digital photography enthusiasts; it's a tougher area to operate on.

The best trick for digital fashion photography would be to capture everything within the ramp. It'll target the figures from the stunning ladies wearing their most fancy, magnificent and extreme fashion clothes. Digital fashion photography will capture the different outlooks necessary to please the worldwide audience in terms of the latest fashions.

While digital fashion photography is really a meticulous area, a good digital photographer ought to be creative enough to understand and follow the most popular trend every year.

Just like designers, digital fashion photography enthusiasts also need to operate in top performance with ease and filed with beauty and glamour. The second should certainly develop the photographer's sense of passion.

Here are some facts to consider on digital fashion photography when you are just starting out:

1. You need to be focused at all time when shooting with your camera

2. Make sure that your camera is with you at all times

3. Know and execute your objective

4. Practice to capture that once in a lifetime opportunity moment

5. Develop a sense and knowledge to find and shoot from multiple, interesting angles

6. Take advantage of numerous distance and angles for every shot

7. Show some contrast by post processing the small details in your post processing

8. Organize your subject well

9. Learn about weight and shapes and put great emphasis on the in your pictures

10. Communicate with your audience by using your pictures

As a digital photographer, you also need to be conscious on both the internal and external shooting factors. The internal factors will include setting up your camera gear properly, charging your batteries, choosing the right composition and so on.

The external factors will include knowing what your rights are and carefully considering the environment that you are in. This will make sure that you will stay safe all the time during shooting.

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Fashion photography is recognized as an enormously glamorous profession, it is creative and money-making career. Fashion photographer takes the picture of models, who wears the fashion accessories, latest design of cloths, hairstyles and make-up. This field is extremely attractive field and these photos are for commercial use only. But now it is rising as one of the booming sector because it is the sector of creativity and new things. If you want to make your career as a fashion photographer then you should have keen eye on artistic detail. And you must have the perfect knowledge of camera with the various techniques of taking picture. Here the various techniques include distance, light and perspective. But here it also requires that you should visualize your ability and communication skills by which you can express your thoughts.

Photography skill is completely depends on your creativeness.

The work area of fashion photography is studio and frequently outdoor locations. The fashion photographs are used in wide area of media, including reports, books, advertisement and catalogs. There is huge requirement of fashion photographers in the various sector of fashion for example, fashion publication, advertising company, fashion house, Direct Mail Company or fashion manufacturer or you can also open your own studio. Well it is tough field to enter; here one can succeed on the basis of their creativity and by adoption of rapidly changing new technique. This is the place where relationship matters so one should be able to establish healthy relationship with models and fashion people or other professionals. It is hard to work with top agencies which deal with top fashion work. So in the beginning of this carrier studio assistant post is desirable. This post required college degree in photography and as usual strong portfolio. In addition fashion photographers should know latest computer software program which allow them to edit and prepare images. This field is full of possibilities and creativeness so to be a successful fashion photographer it is must to develop own, recognizable style of photography. This makes the big difference from other competitors. Photographers should develop an individual style of photography to differentiate themselves from the competition.

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With a blog for just about everyone in a range of categories from technical to pop culture to political, fashion photographers are not left out. However, with shooting schedules, freelance work, education, and much more getting in the way, taking the time to research them all can be an insurmountable task.

To that end, we have gathered together 50 fabulous fashion photography blogs. With entries from professionals, publications, fashionistas, and more, you are sure to find something to help your career.

1. The Sartorialist : This fashion photography blog has been a leader for years. Scott Schuman used to be a high end fashion buyer until photography caught his interest. Now he fills his blog with random entries of fashionable and not so fashionable New Yorkers, along with his commentary. One of “TIME” magazine’s top 100 design influences, be sure to stop here often.

2. Face Hunter : Yvan Rodic is a man out and about in London and beyond with loads of fashion photography eye candy for the style hungry. An excellent choice for a fashion photography blog that takes an interest in personal style rather than following trends. Be sure to check out the show of the same name for more.

3. Fashion Photography Blog : Melissa graduated from Art Center College of Design in January 1987 and blogs exclusively for fashion photographers. Resources include tutorials, a form, SOTW, and more. A recent entry was on the difference between shooting for advertising as opposed to an editorial.

4. The Selby : Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, and fashion photographer and illustrator. His blog offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist’s eye for detail. You can choose to view fashion photos from cities such as New York, London, and others, or even by designer.

5. The Cherry Blossom Girl : Alix is a young French designer who combines both fashion and art photography on her blog. Both her items and others she takes an interest in are featured. With entries in both French and English, the blog is worth a look for reading about fashion in a bilingual manner.

6. JAK & JIL : If you are a lover of fashion with a special interest in shoes, stop here. Fashion photographer Tommy Ton is from Toronto and takes images of the latest and most inventive in footwear. There are also other fashion photos for the viewing.

7. Photobook : Kelly Stuart takes you through the world of fashion photography in this blog for “Elle.” Posts often focus on a particular aspect of fashion, along with her commentary. There are also many other fashion blogs to read up on.

8. It Was a Dirty Dream Come True : The “F-ed UP Crew” is a collective of young fashion professionals in the middle of it all. There are many interviews, profiles, and images of fashion to sift through. If you can tolerate the language and techno music, it is worth a visit.

9. Fashion Toast : Rumi Neely is both a fashion model and designer who has dabbled in photography. Her blog features what she is wearing, along with other items that interest her. And of course, photographs are plentiful.

10. Walid Azami : Walid is a fashion photographer from Anaheim who had the opportunity to shoot Madonna very early in his career. His blog is about what he does and where he wants to go. A recent entry had advice for new models.

11. The Week in Style : If you desire to see your work on the cover of “GQ” someday, check out this fashion blog. It features both the best and worst in style each and every week. There is also tons of other help with fashion and more.

12. On The Runway : Visit here for “The New York Times’” blog on all things fashion. Cathy Horyn, fashion critic, takes you to the front row of fashion shows, behind the scenes at ateliers and houses around the world, and inside the minds of designers. Popular tags on the blog include Paris and New York fashion week, as well as Karl Lagerfeld and others.

13. Fashion Picture Galleries : Get fashion photography, style images, and fashion pictures from the high street and catwalks. UK based paper “The Telegraph” brings you the latest from the London runways and designers. Recent entries take a look at the fashion of the Grammys, Emma Watson, and Lady Gaga.

14. Fashionising : A leading fashion blog, they have a special section for photography. Simply click on a photo from the homepage to view it full sized and the gallery it came from. You can also see the latest pictures from the catwalk and beyond.

15. Photos & Portfolios : A leading publication for decades, “Vanity Fair” also has a special section for fashion photography. In addition to photographs on style, you can also view them for science, retrospective, news, and more. There are also many celebrity portfolios for the viewing including Robert Pattinson and Shakira.

16. Style File : Style.com keeps you up to date on the latest in fashion with loads of photography here. It is full of fashion trends, designer profiles, and even shopping updates. Fashion photographers will enjoy the Virtual Front Row section.

17. Look of the Day : Get a new fashion photograph each day by stopping here. InStyle.com features loads of images from celebrities in their massive database. Each entry contains what was worn, where it was worn, and why they love it.

18. Teen Ugly : A lesser known blog from the California/ Oregon region, there is loads to view. Editor TSW blogs for Chictopia on a number of fashion items. Be sure to check out the favorite photos and designers on the blog.

19. All The Rage : Four bloggers from “The L.A. Times” muse on the culture of keeping up appearances. They recently reviewed Grammy fashion to many reader comments. The site also has more on fashion.

20. Photos : Want your fashion photography to appear in “People” magazine? Then check out the photo blog to see which pictures make the cut. Popular albums include Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and many others.

21. Behind the Lens : Vogue TV’s Behind the Lens offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world of entertainment and fashion, taking viewers backstage, on set and in the studio, where the rarely-seen creative process unfolds. You can also get an inside look on the actors, directors, models, photographers and designers. There are also other related channels for lovers of fashion.

22. Fashion Show Videos : You no longer have to work for “Cosmo” to get inside access to fashion shows. Their library contains loads of videos on style, celebs, and more. Fashion photographers will enjoy the behind the scenes looks at various cover shoots.

23. Daily Dose of Style : A variety of contributors post videos on fashion and related aspects. Recent episodes are on New Year, New You and the 12 Days of “Giftmas.”

24. 7 Photography Questions : These podcasts feature interviews with top photographers to help out the listener’s own work. Be sure not to miss episode 11 with an expert fashion photographer. The blog also has more tips.

25. The Imaging Buffet : Founded by photographer and digital consultant Andrew Darlow, The Imaging Buffet is an online magazine and podcast with tips, news, reviews, and interviews about digital photography, inkjet printing, Photoshop, other imaging topics and new media. The episodes give tons of photography tips for shooting in various forms with various subjects. There is also loads of other help on the main site.

26. Studio Photography Podcast : Like the name says, this podcast is devoted to photographers who work in studio. There is also a special episode with Joseph Cartright, a fashion and beauty photographer. You can also view instructional videos and even comics.

27. Red Carpet Fashion Awards : Catherine Kallon is a Londoner who blogs about the fashion of Hollywood. You can search for fashion photography by celebrity, designer, or feature. There is even a section where you can see what is in her closet. A must visit for after each awards show or party.

28. The Hamishsphere : Hamish Bowles is the European Editor at Large for “Vogue” and recognized as one of the most respected authorities on the worlds of fashion. Get a front row look into the world of global fashion by checking out his blog. He recently graced multiple couture shows for Spring 2010 and tells you all about them.

29. Slaves to Fashion : Get a daily style blog from “Glamour” magazine by clicking here. Popular categories include tips, fashion week, and wardrobe essentials. An excellent choice if you need help sprucing up your own wardrobe.

30. The Cut : Stop here to get the fashion blog for “New York Magazine.” Popular topics include designers, fashion shows, and shopping. There is even a model tracker and other tools.

31. Go Fug Yourself : If you think fugly is the new pretty, stop by this fashion blog. Two bloggers comment mostly about the worst in fashion in a humorous way. You can view by most recent or on every celebrity from Alanis Morisette to Whitney Port.

32. Omiru : Get a fashion blog for real people by stopping here. Featured articles include “How to Keep Clothes Looking New” and “How to Mix and Match Patterns.” You can also get help with shopping by person, occasion, or price.

33. Frugal Fashionista : Get yet another fashion blog for those who can’t spend four figures on an item of clothing here. The blog also stands out if you want to know more or emulate the styles of notable figures such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Lauren Conrad.

34. Fashion Style You : Not just a fashion blog, you can also get posts on health and beauty. You can search for entries on fashion for women, men, and even children. Popular articles are on Fenchurch, Topman, and Oasis.

35. Richard Warren : Born in Houston, Richard is now an internationally published fashion photographer based in New York. His photography has appeared in over fifty fashion magazines, and he has worked with fashion models including Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Brooke Shields, and more. Check out his personal work, or visit the flash site with more.

36. Steven Meisel : Since the 1980’s he has been in fashion photography. As the primary photographer for American and Italian “Vogue,” Steven Meisel’s continued interpretations lead and influence understanding of contemporary fashion. You can view his work, or even get more information on other fashion photographers.

37. Paolo Boccardi : He is a fashion photographer based in Milan who also dabbles in graphic design. Highlights include photos of both fashion and fashion week. You can also get images in fine art and travel.

38. Mark Velasquez : Mark received his BFA from Cornish College in Seattle in 2000. Since then he has been through Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and more than enough of the continental United States. His impressive portfolio contains portraits, the truly eccentric, and of course, fashion models.

39. Polina Osherov : Based in Indiana, she shoots musicians, authors, artists, and everyone in between. However, her passion is for fashion photography and can be seen in her portfolio. There is also a blog with more.

40. Annie Leibovitz : She made headlines for a nude picture of a pregnant Demi Moore and various other celebrities. Although not her official site, PBS has much more of her work and life. You can also visit the photo gallery for pictures of everyone from John Lennon to Nicole Kidman.

41. Photo Training 4U : Why should fashion photographers click here? Because they have loads of tutorials for photographers, including those interested in fashion. Latest entries include confetti & lace, as well as a boudoir slide show.

42. T Magazine Blog : Several columnists from “The New York Times,” weigh in on fashion, design, and more. You can also choose from categories such as food and culture. A recent entry was on an up and coming photographer.

43. Manolo’s Shoe Blog : Self explanatory, this blogger takes on all aspects of shoes from Jimmy Choo to Gucci and many more. There are quizzes on “whose shoes” and even items of interest for bargain hunters. There are also tips for the home, brides, and a gallery of horrors.

44. Clayton Bozard Photography : If your photography interests extend into and beyond fashion, take a look at this blog. Clayton’s portfolio consists of musicians, models, and countless others. His blog often talks about his latest shoot and what went on.

45. All Day I Dream About Photography : Get everything from the basics to advanced practices on this photography website. The blog goes beyond articles to give you tutorials, projects, DIY, and much more. A recent lead article was how to make the most out of Flickr by using Firefox.

46. Camera Dojo : Similar to the above, Kerry Garrison helps give you a blackbelt in photography. Tools, deals, and much more are featured on the blog. Be sure not to miss the podcast with much more.

47. Digital Photography Review : If you are a fashion photographer in need of some new tools, stop by this blog and site. It reviews the latest and greatest in digital photography. There are also forums, a buyer’s guide, and even challenges to enter.

48. KEH : Now that you know what you want to buy, stop by this photography site. In addition to shopping for gear online, you can also sell your used equipment here. There is also a repair center and community with more.

49. Nikonians : A leading seller of cameras, every fashion photographer knows what Nikon is and probably has more than one of their devices in their bag. If this is true of you, join this unofficial community to read the latest on the brand. Top articles on the blog are previews, reviews, and about equipment.

50. Photo Lovecat : Finally, if you are a fashion photographer looking to build your own business, stop by this blog. Founded in January 2007 by Anne Ruthmann, Photo Lovecat has grown to feature well known guest authors as well as a dedicated team of regular editors who regularly volunteer their time, talent, expertise, and information with no pay or compensation received for their contributions. Popular categories include marketing and management.

Glamour photography is an ever growing industry. More and more magazines seem to be hitting the shelves and websites are being created everyday and each is filled with glamour shots of all kinds.

How does one become a “great glamour photographer?” Assuming you already have a firm grasp on composition and lighting concepts, the first thing to do is study what’s out there. There are a wide variety of styles within the field of glamour photos and not all of them will appeal to everyone. Find a style you like and dissect it. The idea isn’t to outright copy existing images but to imitate them and innovate them until you have created a style that’s all your own.

One of the best resources you can have to get you through this is a model that you are mutually comfortable with. At first you are going to be paying so much attention to technical details that it may be hard to coax a model into reflecting the mood you’re after. Someone that you already have a good report with will help relieve this burden.

The technical things you are looking at all the while are things like lighting, composition and focus. Presumably you have an idea of what kind of mood you want your photos to reflect. Choosing and positioning the right toned lights is great and making sure you don’t lose sight of the end result. Everything looks good, but did you meter properly? For most glamour shots you’d want to take your light readings off of the models flesh as opposed to their clothing. Don’t let your model get too caught up in the shoot and move away from this metered light or you’ll just be wasting time and money.

I mentioned focus which seems obvious, but a lot of glamour photographers like to shoot with a remote switch. They keep their eyes on the model, often making eye contact, in an effort to keep things more intimate. The less experienced photographer can let this situation get away from them and by not looking through the lens they won’t notice the model moving out of the focal range.

When composing the shots it’s almost always a good idea to fill the frame. A glamour shot is about the model and nothing else. Taking a glamour shot where the model only takes up half the picture is rarely worth effective; however, this doesn’t mean you should ignore the background. On the contrary. The background can make or break any glamour photo. While a plain backdrop is easy it might take away from the desired effect. If you decide to take the picture in a certain setting, make sure the surroundings work with the model and not against her.

Want to learn proper night time photography? Then you’d better pick up some good digital photography tutorials. One of the best times of day to shoot pictures is after dark. Some of the most beautiful pictures that you can capture require the stark contrast between the lights and the darkness of the night. The downside to capturing pictures at night is that they are fairly difficult to take properly. Night shooting is an art that takes time and practice to master, which is why it is important to know how to shoot night time pictures.

This digital photography tutorial aims to provide you with the necessary tips and techniques to improve your night time photography.

Tips #1: Dusk
One of the best tips for night time photographers is to take shots during the time that the light of day is not quite gone. Dusk is a time for beautiful pictures, as the illumination from the street lights, buildings, and cars provide a perfect contrast to the darkening sky overhead. You will find that the quality of the images that you capture at dusk can still be excellent, the lighting of your pictures may turn out breathtaking.

Tips #2: ISO Setting
When shooting images at night, it is better to use a higher ISO setting on your camera. Using a higher ISO setting will often take pictures that have a lot of noise. However, you will find that editing out noise from a photo is easy using Photoshop or some other photo editing program, but you can’t edit out the blur that using a lower ISO setting will result in.

Tips #3: Steady Shot
It is vital that you keep the camera steady when shooting night pictures. Seeing as there is very little light filtering into your camera when shooting night photos, keeping your camera steady is the only way that your pictures won’t come out blurry. In order to take good night photos, make sure that you are as steady as possible by using a tripod or resting your arms somewhere.

Tips #4: Mirror Lockup
There is a setting on many digital cameras that you can use, called the mirror lockup setting. This setting will enable you to take clear night pictures, as it will help to direct as much light into the lens as possible to get clear pictures. There is a self timer mode that you can use in place of the mirror lockup setting, but it won’t provide pictures of the same quality.

Tips #5: Use the Blur
Most of the time blurs tend to look bad in pictures, but the beauty of taking night picture is that some blurs just look downright awesome. These are usually motion blurs, an effect that occurs when a car passes by or when you move your camera in a line. You are able to capture some pretty cool effects at night if you can learn how to get the motion blur just right.

Tips #6: Zoom In With Open Lens
Another cool trick that you can use to capture awesome images is to zoom the camera in while the lens is still open. This is pretty hard to achieve without a lot of practice, but you will find that you can get an incredible effect that will make it seem that you are taking a picture while moving forward. If you can get it right, this technique can give you some amazing pictures.

Tips #7: Slow Shutter Speed
If you want to take a picture of a near object while ensuring that there is a motion blur in the background, you will find that using a slower shutter speed for a longer exposure will provide this effect. Use a flash to illuminate the object close to you. Make sure to set the flash to go off after the second shutter curtain, as most people will move the instant they see the flash.

Tips #8: Combine Multiple Pictures
If you want to get quality pictures, take the time to snap exact images of the same setting. Snap a picture on a lighter exposure, one on a darker exposure, and one at a medium setting. Use photoshop to combine the three images into a single High Dynamic Range image of excellent quality.

You do this by taking a number of these and stacking all of the images on top of each other to obtain the best quality image. Use your favourite photo editing software to accomplish this. This can give you excellent results and is worth a try.

All of the tips and techniques in this digital photography tutorial can make a big difference to your nighttime photography. The key is to experiment and play around a lot so you get comfortable with all the different techniques. After all, reading a digital photography tutorial is only step one. The next step to take is to get out there, apply your learnings and improve your photo taking abilities.

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1. Fashion photography should convey an essence of authority, so your direction of the model(s) needs to be confident and self-assured. Showing signs of anxiety, stress or lack of direction will invariably be reflected in the performance of your model so make the subject feel comfortable and involved. Organise a shot list before the shoot and rehearse technique and composition for each shot in your mind. Prepare the location, props and clothes ahead of time and for a truly effective shoot be sure to communicate your agenda, objective and posing directions coherently and calmly.

2. Fashion photography is all about clothes and beauty, so pull all the elements of the scene and the model together to reflect this. For example if the shoot focuses on the clothes– use make-up and hair styling to compliment the garment – and vice versa. If you desire a provocative or seductive look opt for dark, heavy make-up and over styled hair; alternatively for an innocent or natural feel choose subdued pastel tones, gentle make up and soft flowing hair styles. Unusual looking folk bring interest and personality to the piece, whereas female models with large almond eyes, big lips, small chins and symmetrical faces are deemed “more commercial”. 

3. Posing can be a tricky point to master but browse through the latest men’s and women’s magazines to target a few inspired suggestions as well as getting a grip on what is currently fashionable. Using ‘broken down’ poses or poses that require angular body shapes can add interest and edginess to the piece – as well as help to elongate body length.

4. A studio is an ideal place to perform a fashion shoot because photographers can easily control lighting and stabilise conditions. If you are shooting in a studio environment remember to meter all areas of the scene to avoid unwanted shadows and the use of a separate light meter rather than the one in your camera, will offer a more accurate reading.

5. If you can’t afford to hire a professional studio and all the pricey equipment there is a way you can cheat at home. Clear a space in a room that benefits from large windows and peg a white sheet, net or fabric across the window. On a bright sunny day you’ll have yourself a homemade soft box – ideal for flattering even light.

6. When shooting in low light or into the sun, you may require an extra light source. If all you have is flash then rather than shoot straight on, set it to bounce of a nearby reflector, wall or ceiling. Experiment with angles to create an array of effects and discover what works best for you and the scene you are shooting. Be careful to pay attention to unwanted shadows that may fall across the face and body.

7. Props are fantastic for telling a narrative within a fashion shot, but one of the best props to use is a mirror. A mirror can be a used to tell a story and act as an effective tool that allows the photographer to display the front and back of your model. Take a spate reading for the mirror and you may need to bracket your exposures here. Be careful to position yourself, lighting equipment and anything not to do with the shoot out of the reflection. 

8. Location, location, location! Getting the right location is important if you want to convey a narrative within your shot. For example if the clothing and beauty styling are edgy, hard or provocative you may want to consider an urban setting , alternatively for spring/summer and natural fashions find a rural environment like; a field, meadow, beach, woodland or river bank.

9. Influence the image by moving around the scene and exploring which angles work best to full expose the garment. This could mean climbing a ladder, crouching low, working a slanted angle or moving closer to the subject. Think about what the message is here and create a composition to reinforce it.

10. Fashion photography is achievable alone, but to step it up a gear rope in a friend, family member or photography student as an assistant. Often photographers need an extra pair of hands to position reflectors, angle and reset lighting equipment, tweak the positioning of garments and clear the scene.